First Atemoya

Comprotutto(Miami Beach)February 3, 2013

Despite its small size my atemoya was able to bring to completion its first fruit. I picked it a few days back when still firm and let it ripe on the counter for a couple of days until soft.

I was truly impressed with the flabor. Flesh was velvety and sweet and the aroma fairly close to Cherimoya which I fell in love with during a trip to Peru.

This is a Gefner from Excalibur.

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fishinabowl

grats! haven't get the chance for mine to fruit...

    Bookmark   February 3, 2013 at 10:08PM
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Comprotutto(Miami Beach)

after harversting the tree started pushing out new leaves and flowers. I am planning to hand pollinate this time.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 11:15PM
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fishinabowl

do update here on your hand pollination results bud!

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 12:26AM
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Doglips(8b/9a)

how old is the tree?

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 2:51AM
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vinceSFL

This is my "Lisa" atemoya. It gave me a fruit it's 2nd year in the ground. This year it is flowering like crazy! I'm going to start pollinating over the weekend. What an exciting year!

    Bookmark   April 4, 2013 at 5:48PM
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perezjuanf(10a)

How soon after you planted it, it started to grow new leaves?

I planted one in Jan but so far no new leaves

    Bookmark   April 5, 2013 at 9:04AM
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vinceSFL

My tree started bud break a few weeks ago. It us flowering like crazy. I'm so happy to see so much growth. I pollinated by hand and stuck some pineapple scraps in the tree next to the flowers. We'll see what happens!

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 11:52PM
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vinceSFL

My tree started bud break a few weeks ago. It us flowering like crazy. I'm so happy to see so much growth. I pollinated by hand and stuck some pineapple scraps in the tree next to the flowers. We'll see what happens!

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 11:56PM
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dangermouse01

VinceSFL, are the pineapple scraps to attract small flying things to help with pollination, or some other reason? Is that a common practice with the Atemoya, or your own experiment? My Gefner is starting to flower and am also looking for pollination advantages.

Thanks.
DM

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 5:34AM
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vinceSFL

DM,

I read elsewhere on the forums that it worked for a Florida grower trying to pollinate their guanabana tree. That is another annona that is notoriously difficult to pollinate naturally. I figure it is the same principle. I have noticed a lot of flies around the blossoms as well as beetles. It is hard to catch the flowers at theExact right moment. My tree is relatively young, only 2&1/2 yrs in the ground. It is not that big yet, so I'm trying to get all the help I can.
I hope I get a lot of fruit. The first & only one I got last year was awesome!

    Bookmark   April 11, 2013 at 10:26PM
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